Major & Minor Bone Grafting

At Downtown Dental of Hamilton we are pleased to offer both major and minor bone grafting procedures.


What is a bone graft?

A bone graft is a dental surgical procedure. During a bone graft surgery, bone is placed into the jawbone to augment the depth or width of existing bone, or to add additional support.

Why do I need a bone graft?

There are two main reasons that you may need a bone graft. Bone grafting may be required because you require additional support for your teeth.

If you have insufficient bone to support your teeth, your teeth could naturally fall out. A bone graft and subsequent gum therapy can correct the problem in order to help you to retain your natural teeth.

If you are missing one or more teeth and considering a dental implant, you will require sufficient bone to provide proper support to the implant. If you lack the bone required, a bone graft can add additional height and/or width to your jawbone in preparation for the placement of implants.

What types of material are used in bone grafting?

The most effective and predictable bone grafting material is your own bone followed by donated bone, animal bone, and finally, synthetic bone.

Is bone grafting safe?

Yes. Bone grafting is extremely safe.

As with any surgical procedure, there is always a very slight risk of infection. 

As always at Downtown Dental of Hamilton your safety is our first priority and you can rest assured we will take every precaution to ensure that you will have the highest level of surgical care.


What is a major bone graft?

A major bone graft is typically needed when a large area of your jaw needs to be augmented, often for the placement of many implants. This is a procedure that will remove bone from a donor site in your own body.

Usually, the donor site of choice is the hip or the shin.

After the bone has been harvested it is usually attached to your jawbone with small titanium screws.

This kind of bone grafting is completed before any implants may be placed and is performed under sedation or anaesthesia.

Although healing time varies, the implants are typically placed six to nine months after the grafting procedure to ensure full bone integration.

What is a minor bone graft?

A minor bone graft is a procedure in which the area of bone requires only a slight augmentation.

Minor bone grafting is often performed when a patient requires an extraction and wishes to replace the tooth to be extracted with an implant.

In order to ensure that the site retains sufficient bone to support the implant, a minor bone grafting procedure would sometimes be recommended.  

What steps will I need to take after my bone grafting procedure?

At the time of your procedure, our caring team will explain all steps you will need to take post-operatively.

Following these steps carefully is vital to assist you in avoiding infection and healing quickly.

If you have any questions about major or minor bone grafting, or any other dental procedure, contact our team at Downtown Dental of Hamilton.


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